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Sunday, October 24, 2021

First Afghan refugees arrive in Ireland today

A small number of Afghan refugees, less than ten, have arrived in Ireland and are the first to do so since the Taliban’s takeover.

The small group, who are the first of approximately 200 refugees that Ireland has agreed to receive, had been working in EU institutions in the country and landed in the state at around 6pm.

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Under the International Refugee Programme, Ireland will be accepting 200 Afghan refugees, which is up from the original figure of 150.

Government figures have also indicated that more humanitarian visas are likely to be issued in the coming weeks.

The Department of Justice has issued 114 visas to Afghan citizens to travel to Ireland on humanitarian grounds, which is up from 45 when compared to last week.

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Additionally, the Department of Justice is fast-tracking the applications of 103 Afghans who are seeking to be reunited with family members in Ireland.

With ten Irish citizens being evacuated from Afghanistan so far, another 36 Irish citizens along with their family members are awaiting evacuation from the country.

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